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The Clock is Ticking – Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan in Place?
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 03 July 2018 CompuTech City Blog
The clock is ticking. Hurricane Season 2018 started June 1. Last year was the worst hurricane season to hit Florida since Hurricane Wilma made landfall in 2005. In 2017, Hurricane Irma raged up the Florida coast from the Florida Keys causing between $60 billion and $90 billion in terms of lost business and property damage, according to Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi.
While the 2018 hurricane season is shaping up to be “average,” according to the Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project, it still works out to be 13 named storms, 20 hurricane days and 2 major (category 3 or higher) hurricanes predicted for Florida. CSU cautions though, “It only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season …and [people] need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted.”
That said, experts are urging Floridians to prepare for the storms that are sure to come. We couldn’t agree more.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY AND DISASTER RECOVERY IS KEY
In a hurricane’s aftermath, medical practices suffer water damage, power outages and no internet service. Not to mention the inability to open for business, with both employees and patients faced with lack of transportation and personal losses to their homes.
Insurance companies often cover damaged hardware and equipment but recovering lost data is another story.So is recovering lost income. Most insurance companies do not compensate for either, leaving most medical practices with good reason to avoid the scenario altogether and make downtime as infrequent an occurrence as possible.
Being proactive about a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan can mean the difference between being up and back in business within days of a hurricane, versus weeks or even months without a plan. Whether your business suffers a natural disaster, a cyber-attack or an innocent employee mistake (like a can of coke in the server room or deleting important files), an effective BCDR plan is essential to keeping your practice operational. No matter what.
CompuTech City’s BDCR service backs up data every 15 minutes and immediately sends that data to secure storage in the cloud and/or to an off-site data management facility. The back-up system also can assume the role of server if a server goes down. Which means your medical practice stays operational while your server is repaired and your patients remain well cared for..
In addition to making sure your practice has a BCDR plan in place, CompuTech City works with clients ahead of possible hurricanes to help make the ride through the storm a little less stressful. We have internal teams dedicated to backing up our clients’ data, properly shutting down networks before the storm to avoid damage and supporting healthcare facilities that must remain open during storms to care for patients. The CompuTech City team also provides 24/7 emergency service during hurricanes and other periods of disaster.